22 Long Rifle (LR) Ammo For Sale

Easily the most prolific and well known firearm cartridge in the world, the .22 Long Rifle (LR) is great for plinking and small-game hunting. The .22 LR is also considered the best choice for introducing new people to the sport of shooting, due to its lack of recoil and low noise. Learn More

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  1. Blazer 22 LR Ammo - 5250 Rounds of 38 Grain LRN Ammunition

    15 In stock now
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    $185.00 Price

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    • 5250 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer

    • New Condition
    • 5250 Rounds
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    • 3.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1235 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 135 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Blazer SKU 10022
    • UPC 50004544650832
  2. Winchester USA Game & Target 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    Price $179.99

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 5000 Rounds
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    • Discount Rimfire
    • 3.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU USA22LR500
    • UPC 00020892103962
  3. Remington 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $189.00 Price

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
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    • 3.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1255 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 140 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Remington SKU TB-22B
    • UPC 047700481913
  4. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 5550 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $210.00 Price

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    • 5550 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 5550 Rounds
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    • 3.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 131 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU 22LR555HP
    • UPC 020892102484
  5. Armscor 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 36 Grain HP Ammunition

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    $190.00 Price

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Armscor

    • New Condition
    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Armscor
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    • 3.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1260 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 127 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Armscor SKU 50015
  6. Winchester Xpert 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 36 Grain LHP Ammunition

    13 In stock now

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    $190.00 Price

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Rimfire
    • 3.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 131 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU XPERT22
    • UPC 50020892101277
  7. CCI 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $195.00 Price

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by CCI

    • New Condition
    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by CCI
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    • 3.9¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1235 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 135 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • CCI SKU 0021
    • UPC 10076683000214
  8. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $194.99 Price

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Rimfire
    • 3.9¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1255 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 140 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU WW22LR
    • UPC 00020892100589
  9. Federal Ultra 22 LR Ammo - 5250 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

    12 In stock now

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    $205.00 Price

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    • 5250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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    • 5250 Rounds
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    • 3.9¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1250 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 125 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU UTR2236
    • UPC 50004544639448
  10. Remington 22 LR Ammo - 6300 Rounds of 36 Grain HP Ammunition

    124 In stock now
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    $250.00 Price

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    • 6300 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 6300 Rounds
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    • 4¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 131 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Remington SKU 1622C
    • UPC 10047700009190
  11. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 5250 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

    16 In stock now
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    $209.99 Price

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    • 5250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 5250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
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    • 4¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1260 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 127 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU 745
    • UPC 50029465057164
  12. 22 LR - 40 gr LRN - Federal - Bulk Pack - 2750 Rounds

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    $110.00 Price

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    • 2750 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 2750 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
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    • 4¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 729
    • UPC 50004544620668
  13. Blazer 22 LR Ammo - 525 Rounds of 38 Grain LRN Ammunition

    14 In stock now

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    $21.00 Price

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    • 525 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer

    • New Condition
    • 525 Rounds
    • Made by Blazer
    • Discount Rimfire
    • 4¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1235 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 135 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Blazer SKU 10022
    • UPC 604544650839
  14. Federal Field Pack 22 LR Ammo - 2750 Rounds of 38 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $115.00 Price

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    • 2750 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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    • 2750 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
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    • 4.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1260 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 134 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU 730
    • UPC 50004544620965
  15. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $210.00 Price

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
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    • 4.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 137 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU 510
    • UPC 029465556181
  16. Armscor 22 LR Ammo - 500 Rounds of 36 Grain HP Ammunition

    12 In stock now
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    $21.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Armscor

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    • 500 Rounds
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    • 4.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1247 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 130 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Armscor SKU 50015
    • UPC 4806015501930
  17. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 500 Rounds of 36 Grain LHP Ammunition

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    $20.99 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 500 Rounds
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    • Discount Rimfire
    • 4.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 131 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU XPERT22
    • UPC 020892101272
  18. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 500 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $21.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Rimfire
    • 4.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1255 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 140 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU WW22LR
    • UPC 020892100060
  19. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $214.99 Price

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
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    • 4.3¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 137 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE5022
    • UPC 029465516918
  20. Federal AutoMatch 22 LR Ammo - 3250 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

    15 In stock now
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    $144.99 Price

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    • 3250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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    • 3250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Rimfire
    • 4.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1200 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 128 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AM22
    • UPC 50029465057355
  21. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 555 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

    13 In stock now
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    $24.99 Price

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    • 555 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 555 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
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    • 4.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU 22LR555HP
    • UPC 020892102477
  22. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 500 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $22.49 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Rimfire
    • 4.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 137 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE5022
    • UPC 029465016913
  23. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 500 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
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    • 4.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Federal SKU 510
    • UPC 029465056186
  24. CCI 22 LR Ammo - 500 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $23.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by CCI

    • New Condition
    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by CCI
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    • 4.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1235 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 135 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • CCI SKU 21
    • UPC 076683500212
  25. CCI 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Standard Velocity Ammunition

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    $230.00 Price

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    • 5000 Rounds
    • Made by CCI

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    • 5000 Rounds
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    • 4.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1070 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 102 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • CCI SKU 35
    • UPC 10076683000351
  26. Winchester USA Game & Target 22 LR Ammo - 500 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $23.49 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

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    • 500 Rounds
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    • 4.7¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU USA22LR500
    • UPC 020892103955
  27. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 525 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $24.99 Price

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    • 525 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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    • 525 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
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    • 4.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1260 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 127 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU 745
    • UPC 029465057169
  28. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 5250 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $249.99 Price

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    • 5250 Rounds
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    • 5250 Rounds
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    • 4.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 131 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU 22LR525HP
    • UPC 00020892102668
  29. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 325 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $15.50 Price

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    • 325 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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    • 325 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Rimfire
    • 4.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1200 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 128 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AM22
    • UPC 029465057350
  30. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 3330 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $159.99 Price

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    • 3330 Rounds
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    • 4.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU 22LR333HP
  31. 22 LR - 40 gr LRN - Federal - Bulk Pack - 275 Rounds

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    $13.49 Price

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    • 275 Rounds
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    • 275 Rounds
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    • 4.9¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU 729
    • UPC 604544620658
  32. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 2220 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $109.99 Price

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    • 2220 Rounds
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    • 5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 94 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU 22LR222HP
    • UPC 00020892103474
  33. Federal Champion 22 LR Ammo - 525 Rounds of 40 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $26.00 Price

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    • 525 Rounds
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    • 5¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1250 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 125 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU UTR2236
    • UPC 604544639438
  34. Remington 22 LR Ammo - 525 Rounds of 36 Grain HP Ammunition

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    $26.50 Price

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    • 525 Rounds
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    • 525 Rounds
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    • 5¢ to 5.1¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 131 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Remington SKU 1622C
    • UPC 047700009100
  35. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 525 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $27.00 Price

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    • 525 Rounds
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    • 525 Rounds
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    • 5.1¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • Winchester SKU 22LR525HP
  36. CCI 22 LR Ammo - 500 Rounds of 40 Grain LRN Ammunition

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    $26.00 Price

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    • 500 Rounds
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    • 5.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1070 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 102 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • CCI SKU 35
    • UPC 076683500359
  37. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 5000 Rounds of 40 Grain CPRN Ammunition

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    $259.99 Price

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    • 5000 Rounds
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    • 5.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1240 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 137 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU 710
    • UPC 50029465056143
  38. Federal 22 LR Ammo - 4000 Rounds of 38 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $210.00 Price

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    • 5.3¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1260 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 1110 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU AE22
    • UPC 50029465016840
  39. Federal Field Pack 22 LR Ammo - 275 Rounds of 38 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $14.69 Price

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    • 5.3¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1260 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 134 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Federal SKU 730
    • UPC 604544620955
  40. Winchester 22 LR Ammo - 222 Rounds of 36 Grain CPHP Ammunition

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    $11.99 Price

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    • 222 Rounds
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    • 5.4¢ Cost Per Round
    • 1280 FPS Muzzle Velocity
    • 131 ft lbs Muzzle Energy
    • Winchester SKU 22LR222HP
    • UPC 020892103467
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.22 Long Rifle ammo is the most widely produced and most popular cartridge in the whole United States. For more than 100 years, it has served the needs of hunters and sport shooters, law enforcement and even the military. Based on the Flobert BB cap, .22 caliber long rifle ammunition is the result of the continuous improvement of the BB cap to meet the need for a cartridge with accuracy, low recoil and low noise for a multitude of applications.

The .22 LR rimfire cartridge can be used in many different situations, from target shooting to plinking and small rodent control. It's comparatively inexpensive (especially bulk .22LR), widely available and lighter to carry – making .22 LR ammo a fantastic choice for long shooting sessions at the range, an extended hunting trip or a long hike.

Firearms Chambered For 22 Ammo

Pistols and rifles of all action types have been chambered in .22LR. From small Derringer pistols to full-sized clones of military rifles, the .22LR bullet has more firearm models chambered for it than any other caliber. A popular trend for this cartridge is to convert a firearm that normally fires a larger centerfire caliber, such as .223 Remington or 5.56x45mm, with a smaller barrel and firing chamber. This allows the shooter to train with less recoil, less cost, and less noise with the weapon they will fire in competition or carry every day.

The Evolution of .22 LR Ammunition

.22 Long Rifle ammunition has only experienced minor changes since being introduced in 1887 by the J. Stevens Arm & Tool Company. From that time, the .22 LR has seen an increase in velocity, range and accuracy. Hollow point bullets are also produced that offer a flatter trajectory and better energy transfer. Some companies manufacture a .22 LR shot cartridge that propels a small payload of #12 shot to dispatch small rodents at close range – a safer method than using a solid point bullet. Beyond all the applications for a .22 LR, it is frequently the first firearm that many people shoot.

The genesis of the 22 Long Rifle lies in the .22 Long. This round effectively retains the casing of that cartridge, combining it with the 40 grain bullet of the similar .22 Extra Long. When it comes to the 22 Long vs. 22 LR, it really comes down to length – a .22 LR bullet is about 0.975 inch long, while a .22 Long is 0.800 inch long. Likewise, 22 Short vs. 22 LR comes down to weight, with the 22 Long Rifle being heavier and longer compared to the 22 Short.

The 22 LR round itself is also based on the Flobert BB cap of 1845, with lineage moving through the .22 Smith & Wesson cartridge first released in 1857.

The .22 Long Rifle and similar (.22 Short, .22 Long, and .22 Extra Long) all have heeled bullets. This means the case and bullet have the same diameter, with a more slender-heeled section sitting inside the case.

The round is also one of the most versatile on the market today. Very few rounds can boast that they are able to fit into as many models of rifles and pistols alike as the 22 Long Rifle.

Why Is the .22 Long Rifle Round So Popular?

There are reasons other than sheer versatility and reasonable price that make the .22 Long Rifle round such a big selling item in the United States. The low recoil and accuracy are another feature, making it the perfect round for hunting, pest control or just plinking in the backyard. For many generations, this round is where they learned marksmanship as a part of the Boy Scouts of America’s rifle shooting merit badge program.

In fact, one of the primary uses of the round today is as a training round, due to its intersection of quality and expense. This is the go-to round for several events – including virtually all biathlon and bullseye events, as well as divisions of pinshooting, metallic silhouette and benchrest shooting – so training on anything else is ill-advised. Across the nation, the .22 Long Rifle round is preferred in high schools, colleges, the Boy Scouts, 4H clubs, Project Appleseed, and others. In the Olympic games, precision rifle and pistol competitions likewise feature the round.

This explains why the round is so popular, even though it lacks power. You’re not going to bring down an elk, but you might win your local Elk’s Club shooting competition. And while it’s also not ideal for defense, many self-defense carriers use the round because it’s small and inexpensive.

Military and police snipers occasionally use the round as well. This is because it’s a quiet cartridge, comparatively speaking. However, due to the very short range of the round, you will only find it in the arsenal of an urban police or military unit.

One example of this is the Israeli Defence Forces. Suppressed 22 LR rounds were used throughout the 90s in riot control situations and for shooting dogs before primary operations. The round’s use by the IDF has been scaled back because it is more lethal than previously thought. It was also preferred by the CIA’s predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services, who used High Standard HDM, which held these rounds. Suppressed Ruger MK II pistols carried by the Navy SEALs throughout the 1990s likewise used .22 LR.

While it can be used in semi-automatic weapons, these should be standard or high velocity rimfire rounds. In fact, it is the low recoil of the .22 LR that makes its subsonic version unsuitable for semi-automatic firearms. The recoil is so low that it does not properly cycle the round. This is never a problem with manual action rifles and pistols.

Francis Gary Powers, of the famously downed U-2 flight, was carrying one of these when he was shot down over Soviet airspace in 1960.

Gary Powers, the Most Famous 22 LR Carrier

As stated above, Gary Powers was carrying the High Standard HDM chambered for this round. His downing, known as the U-2 incident, is one of the more pitched and tense moments of the Cold War.

Powers was spying. No one disputes this. So the Soviets did what any other government would do: They shot him down. Powers survived, thanks to his parachute, and was quickly apprehended by Soviet authorities. In the United States, the media reported that a civilian craft researching the weather and operated by NASA was shot down. Within days, however, the Soviets released pictures of the pilot and the plane parts, as well as photographs taken by the spy plane as it flew over Soviet military bases.

The Soviets sentenced Gary Powers to prison time for espionage: Three years in standard prison and seven years in a hard labor camp. Fortunately for Powers, he was freed two years later in a spy swap for Rudolf Abel.

Powers disappeared for four days before the United States government even acknowledged anything was wrong. They went so far as to paint up a U-2 in NASA colors to further push the ruse on the American public. President Eisenhower denied any knowledge. Indeed, Ike was in a pickle: If he denied knowledge, he admitted to not being in control of his own administration; if he admitted knowledged, he admitted to spying right before an important summit with the Soviets. The normally ebullient Ike was instead desultory, telling his personal secretary “I would like to resign.”

For his part, Khrushchev played the event masterfully. When they first claimed to have downed an American spy plane, the Soviet dictator specifically did not mention whether or not the pilot was safe just to see how the Americans would react.

The event sunk any hope of a meaningful peace between the Soviets and the West. It also was one of the first events leading toward the heating up of the Cold War in the early 1960s that ultimately lead to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

When Powers returned to the United States, he did not receive a hero’s welcome. He did not detonate any of the classified parts of the U-2. Likewise, he had come to the Soviet Union with a suicide capsule, which he obviously did not take. The CIA and the Senate Armed Services Select Committee both said Powers did nothing wrong.

After a stint testing pilots for Lockheed on the CIA’s dime, Powers published his memoirs, which ruffled some feathers and got him fired. He then became a KNBC Channel 4 traffic helicopter pilot. His helicopter crashed after running out of fuel several miles from its final destination, killing him and his cameraman in 1977.

Bulk .22LR Ammo: The Perks of Cheap .22 Ammo

.22LR ammunition is the choice for youth shooting programs around the world due to the low cost, low recoil, minimal muzzle blast and stellar accuracy. With bulk .22 LR ammo, shooters are able to concentrate on shooting fundamentals without worrying about loud bangs, jumping recoil or an empty wallet.

Considering the variety of firearms chambered for this cheap .22LR cartridge, as well as the many shooter-friendly features, it is likely that the .22 Long Rifle will remain popular for years to come.

FAQ

What is 22 long rifle ammo?

The .22 long rifle, or .22 LR as it’s commonly written, is the most popular and abundant ammunition in the world. This small, iconic cartridge has minimal recoil and is significantly quieter than other ammunition. The full cartridge measures an inch in length and the most common configuration includes a 40 grain bullet. A range of firearms have been chambered for the .22 LR over the years, from pocket pistols to carbines to AR-style rifles.

What is the difference between 22 short and 22 long rifle ammo?

While .22 long rifle (LR) is the standard ammunition people mean when they say .22, there are other variations, including the .22 short. The .22 short preluded the .22 LR, and was the first American metallic ammo. It was created in 1857 for the first Smith & Wesson revolver and measured less than 0.7 inches in overall length, compared to the .22 LR’s standard one inch size. The shorter cartridge also holds a lighter bullet, as the .22 LR projectile typically weighs 40 grain, while the .22 short comes in 27 or 29 grain.

What is the difference between 22 long and 22 long rifle ammo?

The .22 long, which was developed in 1871 from the .22 short, is similar to the .22 long rifle, but hit the market 16 years earlier. The .22 long measures .888 inch in total length, compared to the .22 LR’s one inch, and has a lighter bullet (29 grain compared to 40 grain). When it comes to performance, the .22 long doesn’t meet the standards of the .22 LR. The older cartridge reaches an average velocity of 1,038 feet per second, with an energy of 67 foot pound force, while the .22 LR has a velocity of 1,200 fps and 131 ft·lb force, more than double that of the .22 long.

What is the best 22 long rifle ammo?

The best .22 long rifle ammo depends on the shooter’s needs. For general target and range shooting, many opt for traditional lead round nose cartridges, which tend to be the most affordable. If price is a concern, choose to buy .22 LR in bulk, which tends to be cheaper than when purchased in individual boxes. If using .22 LR for pest control, a copper plated hollow point (CPHP) can be more effective than the standard round bullet. Reputable brands include Federal, Winchester, and Remington, amongst others.

How fast is a 22 long rifle bullet?

The average .22 long rifle cartridge, with a 40 grain bullet, reaches a velocity of 1,200 feet per second (fps). Different cartridge configurations can change this velocity with lighter bullets travelling faster. Subsonic ammo is also available in .22 LR, which stays below a velocity of 1,126 fps and is quieter to shoot.

22 Long Rifle (LR) Ballistics: Chart of Average 22 Long Rifle (LR) Ballistics

Note: This information comes from the manufacturer and is for informational purposes only. The actual ballistics obtained with your firearm can vary considerably from the advertised ballistics. Also, ballistics can vary from lot to lot with the same brand and type load.

22 Long Rifle (LR) Bullet WEIGHT Muzzle VELOCITY (fps) 22-1/2" Bbl. Muzzle ENERGY (ft. lbs.) 22-1/2" Bbl. Mid-Range TRAJECTORY (in.) Muzzle Velocity
  Muzzle 100 yds. Muzzle 100 yds. 100 yds. 6" Bbl.
30 Grain Lead Free 1650 n/a 181 n/a n/a n/a
30 Grain Hyper Vel 1750 1191 204 93 n/a n/a
31 Grain Shot #12 950 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
32 Grain Hyper HP 1500 1075 165 85 2.8 n/a
32 Grain Expediter 1640 n/a 191 n/a n/a n/a
32 Grain Stinger HP 1640 1132 191 91 2.6 1395
37 Grain Segmented HP 1435 1080 169 96 2.9 n/a
38 Grain Sub Sonic HP 1050 901 93 69 4.7 n/a
40 Grain CCI Quiet 710 640 45 36 n/a n/a
40 Grain Segmented HP 1050 897 98 72 n/a n/a
40 Grain Pistol Match 1070 890 100 70 4.6 940
40 Grain Standard Velocity 1070 890 100 70 4.6 940
40 Grain AutoMatch 1200 990 130 85 n/a n/a
40 Grain Silhouette 1220 1003 139 94 3.6 1025
40 Grain HV 1255 1016 140 92 3.6 1060
40 Grain HV HP 1280 1001 146 89 3.5 1085
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